THE family of a 24-year-old woman killed in her own home has spoken of their tragic loss
Gemma Finnigan was stabbed and strangled at her home in Church View, Boldon, last September.
The tragedy unfolded at the property she shared with her live-in boyfriend Daniel Johnson, who was later arrested in connection with her killing.
A trial against the 32-year-old, who denies murder, was halted in July because of legal reasons. A new trial will now be held in November with Johnson remanded in custody in the meantime.
Today Gemma’s younger sister Kristi Allen,16, spoke of the heartache.
Miss Allen, who was three months pregnant with her first child when Gemma died, said: “She was just the best sister anyone could have wished for.
“She had so many friends and everyone loved her.
“I was three months pregnant with Leon when Gemma died.
“She never knew I was pregnant. It’s just sad he will never get to meet her.
“It has been hard for all of us and, with the trial being halted, we just feel as though we are in limbo.
”We are all just trying to stay as strong as we can be.”